Tony-nominated dancer-singer-choreographer Brenda Braxton is hosting and co-starring in a summertime weekly performance of the audience-participation murder-mystery show Villain: DeBlanks, to run each Wednesday starting June 21 at The Green Room 42 nightspot in Manhattan.
Described by creator Billy Mitchell as “Clue meets adult Mad Libs,” Villain: DeBlanks asks the audience to provides nouns, adjectives, verbs, etc. to tell the story of Philip DeBlanks’ untimely demise. The performers act out the resulting script.
The series will have a rotating cast that changes weekly. The inaugural June 21 lineup will feature Braxton (Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Chicago, Smash), Tony winner Daisy Eagan (The Secret Garden, HBO's Girls), Max Chernin (Bright Star, Sunday in the Park with George), Bradley Dean (A Little Night Music, The Last Ship), Tracey B. Wilson (Trew Calling), and composer-lyricist Bobby Cronin (Mary & Max, The Concrete Jungle).
Guests for the June 28 Show: Braxton, Trent Armand Kendall (Into the Woods, Bat Boy), Capathia Jenkins (The Wiz Live on NBC, Newsies), Hugh Hysell (Perfect Crime, Big Gay Italian Wedding), Jeanne Montano (Cats, Forbidden Broadway), and original DeBlanks cast member Benjamin Holmes.
Casts for subsequent shows through August 30 can be found here.
Braxton told Playbill that a portion of the proceeds will go to Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund. Besides which, she said, “The show is great fun for a good cause!”
Tickets for the 8:30 PM show cost $20–$25 (no drink minimum), and can be ordered at Villaindeblanks.com. The Green Room 42 is located at Yotel, 570 Tenth Avenue at 42nd Street, fourth floor.
Braxton was a special guest performer on Playbill’s Broadway on the High Seas cruise to the Italian Riviera. Cabins are available for Playbill’s Rhine River cruise in August 2017, featuring Seth Rudetsky, Andréa Burns, Faith Prince, Terrence Mann, Charlotte d’Amboise, and Santino Fontana. Playbill Travel is now also booking Broadway on the Danube River with Michael Feinstein for November 2017, also featuring Carmen Cusack, Julia Murney, Christopher Fitzgerald, Marc Kudisch, Christopher Sieber, Brandon Uranowitz, and Rudetsky, as well as other exciting talent to be announced. Visit PlaybillTravel.com for booking and information.